U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet
AFRL/RXM - MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY DIVISION





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The Manufacturing Technology Division (ManTech) is responsible for management and execution of the Air Force Industrial Preparedness Programs in Manufacturing Technology and Industrial Base Analysis. ManTech is also the executive agent for DoD's Title III Program. The division also manages the Defense Production Act Title I for the Air Force and AFMC's Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Program. 

ManTech plans, manages, and advocates programs providing advanced manufacturing processes, techniques and technologies for timely, high quality, economical production and sustainment of Air Force systems. Affordability is addressed by programs focusing on acquisition reform, business practices/policies, supplier practices/relationships, and the implementation of lean principles to reduce cost and cycle time while improving the quality of weapon systems and their components. 

A deliberate planning process based on industrial base assessments and high priority requirements is followed to pursue those programs that will benefit the warfighter the most. ManTech has four major investment thrusts, including: Manufacturing Readiness; PEO Affordability/Producibility; Sustainment; and Industry Partnerships. Requirements developed in each of these thrusts drive activities across all Air Force domains including: Aeronautical; Armament; Directed Energy Systems; Command & Control Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C2ISR) Electronics; and Space Systems. 

The division also initiates quick-hitting, demonstration-oriented Rapid Response Process Initiative (R2PI) efforts, and incorporates the results in pilot demonstrations which focus on stimulating advanced industrial practices. 

We have three Branches
     Integration and Technology 
     Processing & Fabrication 
     Electronics

Additional items under the Manufacturing Technology Division include...

Manufacturing Readiness, like technology readiness, is critical to the successful introduction of new products and technologies. Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRLs) represent a new and effective tool for the DoD S&T and acquisition communities to address that critical need. MRLs assess the manufacturing maturity of a hardware-intensive technology or product, as well as the level of manufacturing risk associated with producing a weapon system using the technology. Although they were only recently introduced, MRLs have already gained wide acceptance throughout government and industry. MRLs have been developed to be congruent with TRLs and to serve a similar purpose, which is to provide a widely-accepted common language and measurement scale to enhance communication on the subject of manufacturing risk and readiness.

Defense Priorities and Diminishing Sources Program is a subset of the
Industrial Base Analysis efforts by providing information and tools to the Air Force and other users regarding the unavailability of parts or other materials. The DPAS, DMSMS, and Materials Lead Time initiatives provide many tools and services to assist system managers in solving these problems. These web pages provide easy access to information, services, support, points of contact and links to sites related to diminishing sources.

Industrial Base Information Center (IBIC) IBIC provides timely information about the Defense Technology and Industrial Base to directly support the planning and execution activities of SAF/AQR and related Air Force users.

North American Technology and Industrial Base Organization (NATIBO) RDTE, Production and Support Capabilities Information Repository.  More information about NATIBO

Executive Agenda for OSD Title III, Defense Production Act The Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, a component of the ManTech, serves as the Executive Agent for the DoD-wide Defense Production Act Title III Program. The Program Office identifies and evaluates prospective Title III projects, submits projects for approval by the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E), structures approved projects and implements contracting and other business actions relating to projects. The Office oversees active projects and provides planning and programming support to DDR&E. The mission of the Title III Program is to create, maintain, or expand assured, affordable, and commercially viable production capabilities and capacities for items essential for national defense. Title III is organized as a DoD-wide program with program management within OSD is provided by DDR&E. The direct and indirect benefits to defense programs resulting from Title III initiatives are substantial. Title III helps to increase the supply, improve the quality, and reduce the cost of advanced materials and technologies needed for national defense. It reduces U.S. dependency on foreign sources of supply for critical materials and technologies and strengthens the economic and technological competitiveness of the U.S. defense industrial base.